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Philosophy


student-8Philosophy is unlike other disciplines in the breadth of its subject matter. Since philosophy discusses all aspects of life, it provides an opportunity to think about topics that range from the existence of God to the confirmation of scientific theories. Additionally, philosophy asks the "big" questions that form the foundation of our belief systems and are rarely discussed. Philosophy challenges you to answer questions ranging from "What is the nature of consciousness?" and "What makes life truly meaningful?" to "Why should I be moral?" Philosophy can help you to understand those issues that are most fundamental to your experiences.

 

The Clarion University faculty can provide you with an experience you cannot get from most other departments of philosophy-two very different philosophical methods. Clarion's faculty members are trained in analytic philosophy, the most popular style of philosophy within the United States, as well as continental philosophy, one of the most popular European styles, giving students the chance to use two very different approaches in their own studies. Thus, studying philosophy at Clarion will help you to understand those issues most fundamental to your own personal existence from a broad philosophical perspective.

 


Philosophy (B.A.) Outcomes

  1. Students graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy will be able to identify multiple sides of complex philosophical issues.

  2. Students graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy will be able to effectively construct and evaluate arguments in order to resolve complex philosophical issues.

  3. Students graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy will be able to correctly identify and effectively evaluate the ethical aspects of complex philosophical issues.

  4. Students graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy will be able to effectively apply historically important philosophical theories and schools of thought in order to resolve complex philosophical issues.

 


Requirements

PHILOSOPHY, B.A. ( 30 credits)
Required: PHIL 111 or 311; PHIL 212 or 308; PHIL 115 or 211; PHIL 300 and 306; Philosophy electives 15 credits from among courses at the 300-level or above. Students must demonstrate competence in a foreign language


PHILOSOPHY, MINOR (18 credits)
Required: PHIL 115 or 211; PHIL 111 or 212 or 215; PHIL 300 or 306; and nine credits of philosophy electives at the 300- or 400-level.